Climate Action Mobilization Project (CAMP)

Climate Action Mobilization Project (CAMP)

The Climate Action Mobilization Project (CAMP) is a CALL TO ACTION by the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF).

CAMP mobilizes a response to three regional crises:

  1. economic disruption,
  2. the pandemic and climate change, and
  3. the need for coordinated, multi-community resiliency planning and action.

CAMP mobilizes community members, institutions, businesses, and government leaders to rebuild through innovative collaborative action.

Economy, Environment, Society

CAMP works at the nexus of Economy, Environment, and Society to build innovative, science-based, scalable, and sustainable  solutions.




Green technology and jobs are the core of CAMP programs.

Using the 1930’s Works Progress Administration as a model, CAMP fosters economic recovery by constructing regional facilities and infrastructure that increase jobs creation and commercial activity, driving equitable, sustainable regional growth.



CAMP programs incorporate resiliency, remediation, and sustainability.

CAMP addresses impacts of climate change, mitigating risk and improving environmental quality.




Authentic collaboration is the cornerstone of NNJCF work. CAMP mobilizes communities for improving local living conditions and building regional resiliency.

CAMP provides equitable opportunities – the foundation of healthy, vibrant communities.

CAMP restores public confidence by building innovative infrastructure that improves life, demonstrates recovery and progress, and inspires faith in the future.

NNJCF will bring together regional leaders from government, business, communities, research institutions, nonprofits, and philanthropy to inform the design of interconnected projects addressing economic recovery and climate resiliency.

CAMP efforts combine Research, Programs, Mobilization, Philanthropy, Services, and Partnerships in a collective action model.



NNJCF commissions university research for designing programs, their implementation, and evaluation.

Completed Research:

  • Hackensack River Corridor Demonstration Project (Rutgers University Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability) Report Presentation

Current Research:

  • Closed-Loop Food System Analysis (Montclair State University PSEG Institute for Sustainable Studies Green Team)
  • Economic Analysis of the Use of Anaerobic Digestion for Processing Food Waste (Rutgers University Eco-Complex)

Future Research:

  • Hydroponic Urban Agriculture



CAMP implements local and regional programs that address Land, Water, and Waste.

Program impacts will be measured in terms of:

  • the environment: air and water quality, waste reduction, etc.
  • the economy: jobs creation, reduced costs, etc.; and
  • society: increased collaboration, equitable environmental and economic outcomes, etc.

Example Programs:

  • Hackensack River Corridor Resiliency Project
  • Community Farmers and Foresters


CAMP builds municipal collaboration through shared community program design and implementation.

CAMP establishes collective action in response to climate change. Family-sustaining green jobs create equitable economic opportunities.

CAMP mobilizes community members for environmental justice  through equitable, meaningful involvement of all people in developing, implementing and enforcing environmental projects, regulations, and policies.


NNJCF funds CAMP through multiple public and private funding streams.

The Greener Futures Fund pools donations from individuals and organizations to support CAMP and provide matching funds required for grants.



Through CAMP, NNJCF provides services to community members, organizations, and municipalities to plan, fund, and implement locally driven climate solutions.


  • Creative Placemaking engages community members in community development, integrating environmental, social, and economic components.
  • Green Team Advising coordinates and improves community engagement for working towards Sustainable Jersey certification.


NNJCF works with community partners to advance science-based, collaborative development of local policies and programs. This increases community awareness and  engagement and minimizes the risks of climate change.

CAMP supports the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into all aspects of our work.

Sustainable Development Goals